Education Minister, Anthony Garcia says he will seek to ensure that the national instrument, the steelpan, is taught in the nation’s schools to develop more expert pan players in the future.
He gave the assurance at the National Schools Panorama and Junior Soca 2018 Prize Giving Ceremony at the Education Towers on Tuesday.
“Sometimes when I listen to some of the renditions of our steelbands, it tells me that all our pan men have a stroke of genius in their brains and I am sure that many of young persons will be able to follow such. In our schools, we want to make sure that the steelpan and all our musical instruments are there so that our students can make themselves available to what has to be taught,” he said.
Students and representatives from several primary and secondary schools received awards at the ceremony from schools such as St. Margaret’s Boys’ Anglican, Tacarigua Presbyterian Primary, Rosary Boys’ RC, St. Francois Girls’ College, Trinity College, Moka and St. Joseph Convent, St. Joseph. Joint Junior Soca winners Desle Julian and Sergio Camejo delivered remarks and performed a musical piece respectively during the event.
Minister Garcia said Ministry of Education officials are having talks with stakeholders who are interested in assisting the Ministry with further developing the steelband.
“In fact, only recently, we have been holding discussions with various stakeholders and I met with representatives of a pan manufacturing company and they were offering their assistance to the Ministry of Education, in terms of pan manufacturing,” he said.
He also praised all persons involved in making the National Schools Panorama and Junior Soca Competitions a success.